A good machine for running a DAW perhaps . . ?

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A good machine for running a DAW perhaps . . ?

Unread post by parametric » Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:20 pm

Just another heads up . .

https://www.morgancomputers.co.uk/produ ... FF-No-DVD/

The older Aluminium-cased MacPros used to run two of these processors . . .

4 Monitors maybe a bit overkill - but TWO is certainly good for a DAW (Tracks on one - Mixer on the other IYSWIM)

Good value I think - perhaps max-out the RAM and another HD for "Audio"?

Plus, it comes with the last GOOD version of Windows (Some would say) 8)

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Re: A good machine for running a DAW perhaps . . ?

Unread post by Saul » Sat Sep 30, 2017 1:46 pm

It's got a fair amount of power but it's a bit of an old brick really. Also it may support 4 monitors but with such a low powered and low memory graphics card your not going to be doing much in the way of HD or 4K so monitor sizes and res would need to be restricted.

Windows 7 is fine but a lot of products now won't work with it and many vendors are no longer making drivers for it. So legacy gear will be fine but newer stuff I think you would have to pass.

Bear in mind Morgan have to make a profit and have overheads so the actual cost of this pc to them will have probably been around the £150 mark.

A quick look on Ebay will find you a much more modern and powerful pc for less than £300 for example:

Operating system: Genuine Microsoft Windows 10 64 bit
Processor - AMD A10-7800 (3.5 GHz upto 3.9GHz with Turbo, 4MB L2 Cache) - Quad -core
Storage: 1TB HDD
Memory: 16GB DDR3 (Supports upto 16GB)
Graphics card: AMD Radeon R7 240 2GB
Wireless 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth
Ethernet Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000)
USB: USB 3.0 x 2 & USB 2.0 x 4
Video interface: HDMI x 1 & VGA x 1
Audio interface:
3.5 mm jack (output)
3.5 mm jack (input)
Analogue audio out x 2
Analogue audio in x 1
Optical drive: DVD/RW
Memory card reader: 7-in-1 memory card reader
Expansion card slot - PCI (x3) x 1 & PCIe (x16) x 1
Sound: High Definition Audio 5.1
Colour: Black
Dimensions: 51.6 x 49.6 x 24 cm (H x W x D)
Weight: 7.1 kg

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lenovo-PC-Tow ... SwaDZZzTB5

And that is just £250 :)

Of course there is an issue running Windows 10 in that older gear is likely not to have drivers for it and perhaps won't work which is the opposite to Windows 7 where older gear will be fine but the newer stuff may not work. Swings and roundabouts I guess. If your just starting and want to use all the latest software and hardware then go for something with Windows 10, USB 3 or C and better graphics. If you already have a load of legacy gear that does it's job well and there is no need to upgrade then Windows 7 and an older PC will be just fine.

Personally I would not take either, I'm very happy in the Mac camp ;)
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